Mary Kay Letourneau: ‘Why Can’t It Ever Just Be A Kiss?’

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Disgraced Seattle teacher Mary Kay Letourneau is appearing tonight, April 10, on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Letourneau and her former student/current husband are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary by being interviewed by Walters, talking about their affair, the effects of it, and how they are still going strong.

Letourneau, who is now 53-years-old, and her husband, Vili Fualaau, who is now 31-years-old, got married in 2005 after Letourneau was released from prison. While their story is well-known, Vili and Letourneau are ready to share what you don’t already know.

Letourneau first met Vili when he was her sixth-grade student while she was still married with four children of her own. According to ABC News, Letourneau explains to Walters just how the relationship went from teacher-student to lovers.

When she was his teacher, she began to spend more and more time with Vili to help him develop what she thought was a gift for drawing. By the end of the school year, she said the two had bonded.”

Letourneau tells Walters how it started with a kiss but didn’t end there.

“The incident was a late night that it didn’t stop with a kiss,” says Letourneau. “And I thought that it would and it didn’t.” Letourneau adds, “I loved him very much, and I kind of thought, ‘why can’t it ever just be a kiss?’”

It wasn’t until she became pregnant with her student’s first child that authorities were notified of their inappropriate relationship. She was sentenced but then released after six months on bail and the stipulation that she was to stay away from her former student.

But then Letourneau became pregnant with Vili’s second child and her sentence was reinstated. The couple finally got married when Vili was 21-years-old and Letourneau had finished her prison sentence.

Letourneau and Vili’s two daughters have “seemed unfazed” by their parents’ scandal, according to US Magazine.

When Letourneau spoke of her husband and the father of two of her children, she said, “Probably why I looked so forward to getting married is because I already knew what kind of father he was…Just knowing his personality and how invested he was in being a father.”

When asked how they would feel if either one of their daughters, aged 16 and 17, ever came home and said they were in love with one of their teachers, Vili responded very decisively.

“I don’t support younger kids being married or having a relationship with someone older…I don’t support it.”

While she is working as a legal assistant in Seattle right now, Mary Kay Letourneau is looking to have her name removed as a sex offender and will return to teaching.

Want to see the whole interview? Barbara Walters’ interview with Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau airs tonight at 10 pm on ABC.